A meeting on implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) Tuesday underlined the need for collective efforts at national level and specific efforts at provincial level to consolidate the gains made so far against terrorism and extremism and to move further in certain areas where progress has been unsatisfactory critical.
The meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif noted that the role of the provinces is very important on implementation of the NAP in fight against terrorism and extremism in the country.
The meeting underlined the need for strengthening of co-ordination to make the NAP implementation more effective.
Lieutenant General Nasir Khan Janjua (Retd), National Security Advisor (NSA), briefed the meeting on the implementation of 20 points, and each item on NAP was discussed separately in detail.
The meeting agreed that the collective efforts at national level and specific efforts at provincial level are required to consolidate the gains made so far and to move further in certain areas where progress has been unsatisfactory.
The NSA stated that the role of provincial governments in implementation of the NAP was crucial and it was imperative for all of us to work with a missionary zeal.
The meeting agreed on the future course of action in terms of milestones and timelines for different components of the NAP.
The meeting acknowledged and praised the continued sacrifices by the security forces and personnel of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs).
The participants also lauded the work of federal and provincial intelligence agencies that enabled the security forces and LEAs in foiling many attempts of terrorists, and vowed to provide them an enabling atmosphere to work within the ambit of law.
The Secretary to the Prime Minister also made a presentation on some aspects of reforms in Criminal Justice System.
Proposals for reforms in laws regarding investigation, prosecution and judicial apparatus dealing with terrorism cases were presented to the participants to evolve consensus on future course of action.
The participants agreed that there is a need of seamless co-ordination between federal and provincial governments as well as all LEAs for achieving desired results.
It was also agreed to further improve the collection, collation, analysis and use of intelligence input for defeating the designs of enemies.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that unwavering resolve of the nation and countless and continued sacrifices by security forces and LEAs resulted in significant and visible improvement in security situation across the length and breadth of the motherland.
National Action Plan is an outcome of the broad based consensus among all stakeholders.
We are fighting the war against terrorism and our fight against violent extremism as a national policy is imperative.
The nation expects us to rid the society of these evils for all times and we will not fail them under any circumstances.
The meeting was attended by Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister Sindh, Pervez Khattak, Chef Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mir Sana Ullah Khan Zehri, Chief Minister Balochistan, Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman, Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan, Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Interior, Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Information, General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff, Tariq Fatemi, SAPM, Lieutenant General (R) Nasser Khan Janjua (Retd), NSA, Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar, DG ISI, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Foreign Secretary, Aftab Sultan, DG IB, Fawad Hasan Fawad, SPM, Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, DG MO, and Major General Nadeem Zaki Manj DG MI. -Business Recorder